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Nuggets From Mary Pipher's Call

Mar 04, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Mary Pipher. When Mary Pipher, author of 9 books (three New York Times bestsellers), told her friends she was next writing a book on older women “like us,” they protested, “I am not old.” What they meant, she says, was that “they didn’t act or feel like the cultural stereotypes of women their age. Old meant bossy, useless, unhappy and in the way. Our country’s ideas about old women are so toxic that almost no one ... will admit she is old.” But Mary's work is far from “old.” She continues to discern the needs of the times, presciently striking a chord in the zeitgeist. A psychologist, community organizer and activist, Mary is passionate about the importance of community and the development of healthy relationships between children and adults as each generation aims for the self-care and self-exploration needed to ... Read Full Story

Mary Pipher: Navigating Life's Currents As We Age

Feb 27, 2019, 2 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mary Pipher: Navigating Life's Currents As We AgeReflection questions: Our guest this week writes of the joy and challenges of being a woman in her 70s: "We are unlikely to escape great sorrow for long. We all suffer, but not all of us grow. Those of us who grow do so by developing our moral imaginations and expanding our carrying capacities for pain and bliss. In fact, this pendulum between joy and despair is what makes old age catalytic for spiritual and emotional growth." To what extent has aging been catalytic for your spiritual growth?

Nuggets From Miki Kashtan's Call

Dec 16, 2018, 1 comments, 6 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Miki Kashtan. Miki Kashtan is a self-described “practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, exploring the application of the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to social transformation.” In 2002, she co-founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, offering training, mediation, and facilitation for skills and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication. One of the central areas of learning and application for Miki is exploring the shift from the paradigm of exchange and accumulation to the paradigm of a full gift economy, especially looking at how we can restore our relationship with the abundance of nature and increase the interdependent flow of energy and resources. Miki describes encountering feminism in the mid-1980’s as a huge personal awakening, leading her to embrace nonviolent communication. Miki has developed Convergent Facilitation, a methodology for helping us recover our collaborative capability. We'll post the transcript of ... Read Full Story

Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding, And

Dec 12, 2018, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding, And CommunicationReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that knowing our needs can be a source of empowerment and energy -- both in our communication with others and in our relationship with money, exchange and accumulation. What practices do you have to be in touch with your moment-to-moment needs?

Nuggets From Mark Stevenson's Call

Oct 07, 2018, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Mark Stevenson. Mark Stevenson has described himself as a “reluctant futurist” and “pragmatic optimist”. He has been described by others as a rare visionary, with “an ability to express even the most complex scientific problems in terms easily understood by a layperson.” An expert on global trends and innovation who is also a gifted story-teller, occasional comedy writer and former stand-up comedian, he has been noted as “one of those rare visionaries who fascinates an audience and makes them laugh in equal measure.” His life is dedicated to “future literacy” and enabling us to answer the questions that the future is asking us in a way that makes the world more sustainable, equitable, humane, or just. Many of the world’s most pressing dilemmas result from old models that fail to keep up with modern challenges, he says. But instead of ... Read Full Story

Mark Stevenson: Rebooting Our World

Oct 03, 2018, 1 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mark Stevenson: Rebooting Our WorldReflection questions: How do you stay pragmatic and skillful in your actions in the face of seemingly large-scale and intractable future dilemmas facing human society?

Nuggets From Scilla Elworthy's Call

Aug 13, 2018, 8 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Scilla Elworthy. Since the age of 13, when Dr. Scilla Elworthy was horrified by the violence she witnessed as Soviet tanks invaded to quell the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, she has devoted her life to promoting peaceful alternatives to conflict. A path-breaking changemaker who has thrice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, she founded the Oxford Research Group to build dialogue among nuclear nations during the Cold War; Peace Direct to support peacebuilders and stop war in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions; and Rising Women Rising World, a vibrant community of women on all continents to draw on feminine wisdom to build a world that works for all. Her latest book is on sacred activism, and her TEDx talk on nonviolence has over a million views. Her life has been dedicated to promoting collective "waking up" through the ... Read Full Story

Scilla Elworthy: Wisdom In Action

Aug 08, 2018, 4 comments This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Scilla Elworthy: Wisdom In ActionReflection questions: "How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug?" our guest this week, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has asked. What have been some of your responses to any political, physical or emotional violence and oppression you have encountered in your own life? Which of your responses has been skillful and effective, and what do you think made them so?

Lara Galinsky: Tuning In To Moments Of Obligation As

Oct 04, 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lara Galinsky: Tuning In To Moments Of Obligation As PurposeReflection questions: Our guest this week is a leadership and purpose coach who encourages people to tune into their purpose by identifying and seizing "the moments in which you have been, and continue to be, moved to take responsibility for helping solve one of the world’s biggest problems. Then turn that feeling into concrete action." What is such a moment of obligation you've sensed in your life?